What do I do if I cannot complete the Boston Marathon after I have started?
Stop for assistance and direction at one of the 26 Red Cross aid stations along the course. Sweep buses pick up runners at every Red Cross station with drop-off at the finish area medical tent. Aid stations along the course close at staggered times during the day. Finish area facilities officially close six hours after the last runner crosses the start line in Hopkinton. (About 6:00 p.m.)
How are team results calculated in the Half Marathon?
Where should I submit a changed email address?
Are walkers allowed on the Boston Marathon course?
Only officially registered participants are allowed on the course. The course and finish area facilities close six hours after the last runner crosses the starting line. The Boston Marathon does not have a race walk division.
While it is popular belief that in 1887 the B.A.A. founders chose the Unicorn as the organization’s symbol due to its place in mythology (Chinese and other mythologies regard the figure as an ideal and something to be pursued but which can never be caught), it is more likely that the Unicorn was borrowed from the coat of arms from one of the B.A.A.'s first families. Still, the now iconic Unicorn stands for striving for excellence.... even it can never be achieved.
Are B.A.A. 5K awards presented according to official ("gun") time or net time?
All prize money winners will be scored by gun time. All age group division awards will be awarded by net time.
Are bikes/strollers/skates/baby joggers/dogs allowed on the course of the B.A.A. 5K?
No. For safety reasons, strollers, in-line skates, skateboards, and vehicles of any kind, as well as animals, are not permitted.
What do entrants of the Boston Marathon receive?
Official Entrants receive:
Can I wear headphones in the Boston Marathon?
While the B.A.A. discourages the use of iPods and headphones, we do not impose a ban on wearing such devices in the Boston Marathon except for the elite men and women and all those eligible for prize money. Many runners choose not to wear headphones, and instead listen to the crowd cheer them to Boylston Street.
I am a runner interested in joining a Boston Marathon official charity team. How can I apply?
1966 - Bobbi Gibb
Although not an official entrant, Roberta “Bobbi” Gibb became the first woman to run the Boston Marathon. Joining the starting field shortly after the gun had been fired, Gibb finished the race in 3:21:40 to place 126th overall. Gibb again claimed the “unofficial” title in 1967 and 1968.